Sunday, September 28, 2008

We Survived Denver. Woop, Woop! Part 1

Hey all,

We got back from our Denver Trip 2008 on Monday afternoon and hit the ground running. We have yet to stop and catch our breath. This post might have to be written in increments....bear with us! Let's just start from the beginning.

Thursday 9/18/08:

We had our 10 month doctor check-ups in the afternoon. They had to have their hemoglobin checked (quick toe stick for blood) and their flu shots for the year (they loudly voiced their disapprovals afterwards). Their weights and heights are as follows:

Forrest Michael (baby B) leads the horse race at a whopping 20 lbs, 13 oz (42nd percentile for 10 month olds). Also the front-runner in the height department at 28 1/2 inches (41st percentile). He has a HUGE melon that lands him in the 55th percentile. No wonder he's always falling down and hitting his head.....he's top-heavy!

Pius James (baby A) was once the brute of the litter, but has fallen to 2nd place in recent
months. He weighed in at 20 lbs, 3 oz and measured 28 1/4 inches in length. I think he is actually the same height as Forrest, but got ganked during the measuring because his feet are curved slightly inward. Nuts and bolts, nuts and bolts, Pius got screwed!

Laine Ryan (baby D) is still our scrappy lil' man. He weighed 17 lbs, 6 oz and was 26 1/2 inches long. Just barely off from making the growth chart for other babies his age. I firmly believe he burns more calories than the other 3 with his mad crawling skillz. He's got wheels. "Where's Laine?" is still the most common phrase at the Graf house.

Danna Lynn (baby C) continues to make great progress, but is still about the size of a mouse turd (maybe 2 turds). The Banana was 14 lbs, 6 oz and 24 7/8 inches long. She has officially doubled her birth length and nonupled her weight! None of the boys can say that!

We got back from from the appointment, gave the kids a bottle and put them down for a nap so Billy and I could get the last minute things together and packed. At about 6:00 p.m., we spoon fed (with the help of cousin Brenda) and loaded up. We decided it was best for everyone if we only went 1/2 way to Denver that night. We stopped about 3 1/2 hours later in Grainfield, KS at Great-Great Aunt Laverna's home. Even though she wasn't there, she let us crash and trash her house as only four 10 months can do. The babies LOVED her wide-open floor space and left evidence of our presence with smudgy little fingerprints all over her curios and glass cabinets. Forty curious fingers are hard to keep track of (well, fifty if you count Billy's)!

The very start of our trip. All smiles....for now.
Pius' favorite car game. He loves his feet. I think his body is trying to adapt to his feet being in his mouth all the time. See how his right foot turns inward? Easier to suck on toes that way!

Wow! We don't have ANY of this see-through, hard stuff at home! And all those breakable "toys" inside. Maybe if I put my mouth on it all the treasures will be in my grasp! -Pius

Nope, I think I'll try to attack the camera instead!

Forrest's favorite thing at Aunt Laverna's was the toy wagon filled with beanie babies.

They all loved the "bear in the chair".

Laine wanted to try the chair on for size.

Nope....doesn't fit this diapered booty!

That's about all I have time for right now. We'll chronicle the rest of the trip in near future posts. We have LOTS of pictures and videos. Stay tuned!

Love from Oz,


Lianna Knight said...

Loved all the pics :) They are ALL getting so big! Your hair looks cute too...did you get it cut?

Can't wait to hear more!!

Anonymous said...

can't wait for the rest of the story!!

Misty said...

Your little ones are just tooo cute! I think 3 of your are bigger than 2 of mine! WOW! Glad you had a good trip! I'm ready for one now!

EMO said...

Thanks for the quick post. I can't wait to hear about the game...
I take Kylie in for her 2 month appt. on Wednesday and I am sure she is right around 14 pounds. I can't believe Dana is the same,but she is doing great, it sounds!

Ashley Dave and Lexi said...

I'm so glad you survived!!! Thanks for defining nonupled for me. I've learned a new word for the day now!

Anonymous said...

Those are cute pictures!!! I cant' wait to see the rest from the weekend.


Tubre Quads said...

Great post as usual. Love the self portrait of you and's good to see your smiling faces.

The babies are beyond adorable and the weights are great!!! Pius and Forrest are a bunch of horses :)

Love yall,

Anonymous said...

Nice quickie. Be looking for the rest of the story. Sorry the Broncos lost. Dang. Who did they lose to anyway?

Love, Uncle Tom

Squiggle Wiggle & Maggers Moo said...

Cute, cute, cute & cute. I don't know what else to say in regards to the little tykes.

Andrea said...

They really just keep getting cuter and cuter!! Why in the world is there only 1 picture of Danna? I'm sure you have a good reason:) Hannah just turned 2 and is 22 lbs. Guess I better start feeding her more! Looking forward to the rest of the story. I saw some cute pics with the babies and Debbie, Billy,Jonathan and Rose! I'm sure you'll be posting some can't wait. Andrea

Anonymous said...

Great pics loved them all! They are just too cute!!!!! Can't wait to get more details from the game.


Anonymous said...

Yep, can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip. The older they get, the easier it is to tell them apart ... except the princess ... she is such a beauty. xxxxooooxoxo
Aunt GGr and Sammy

Anonymous said...

Yea! Pictures of our babies! I really miss them and you. I hope you post again real soon. It's beautiful here, I really like it...except for the language thing.
Love you all! Budda

Anonymous said...

Didn't I see a couple of them in that obama video with kids singing? I might be wrong.


Moni Graf said...

Hell no, UT!

King Quads said...

Great post (as always). Love all the pictures. I look foward to hearing more about the trip.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Tom, you are so funny.

Anonymous said...

Good. I'm glad that's cleared up.


Kirra said...

Good for people to know.